Tim Dewar, Ojai Valley News publisher
(revised 3-18-14 at 7 a.m.)
The people have spoken and the judge listened.
Ventura County Superior Court Judge Kent Kellegrew has ruled that Golden State Water Company’s (GSWC) attempts to head off an attempted buyout by Casitas Municipal Water District (CMWD) did not have the legal standing necessary. In the decision received by both sides today, Kellegrew denied GSWC’s case entirely.
In the case, filed in March 2013, GSWC sought to dissolve a community facilities district formed by CMWD that would place a 30-year parcel tax on a majority of residential and commercial properties within the private water company’s existing Ojai service area.